Leicester based firm help make music from the weather


Campbell Scientific, Leicestershire based meteorological equipment manufacturers, are sponsoring a unique musical art project, Variable 4 which climaxes in a 24 hour installation in May.

The artists will be setting up Campbell Scientific instruments at Dungeness in Kent to monitor changes in the weather which will be fed live into specially written software and used to create unique patterns of custom composed musical forms, this will be broadcast live on-site for the 24 hour period using speakers subtly blended into the landscape. It is hoped that the output will also be streamed over the internet.

“This is an exciting project; a fantastic blend of meteorological science and art. We are used to requests for sponsorship of science projects but this was so left field we just had to get involved. We have lent the guys the kind of weather station normally used in research projects in some of the most challenging environments on the planet – so a spring day on a Kent beach will make a pleasant change.” Said Iain Thornton, marketing manager for Campbell Scientific. “It will be fascinating to see how the composers interpret and integrate different weather parameters into the final piece – of course the number of possible combinations of the different inputs mean that no two moments will ever be the same. We would encourage anyone who can get  to Dungeness to visit in order to experience what will be a unique multi-sensory experience.”

The project, brainchild of experimental artists and composers Daniel Jones and James Bulley, has been awarded funding  by the PRS for Music Foundation. “We hope that many visitors will stay for the full 24 hours so as to experience the full range of transitions.” Said Jones “The equipment is pretty sensitive and monitored  virtually in real time so even small variations will change the output”.

The RNLI have kindly agreed to accommodate the event at their their lifeboat station on Dungeness seafront, final date in May tbc.

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